Pleatco names 2021 Excellent PoolGuy & PoolGal


Michael Baker with Ambiance Pool Service & Supplies in Tucson, Ariz.Kristen Melo with Preserve Pools, in Summerville, South CarolinaAfter receiving greater than 100 entries to its standard contest, Pleatco, just lately revealed the winners of the 2021 Excellent PoolGuy and PoolGal search.

Kristen Melo (pictured left) with Protect Swimming pools, in Summerville, South Carolina, and Michael Baker (pictured proper) with Ambiance Pool Service & Provides in Tucson, Ariz. had been the general winners of this 12 months’s contest, which is co-sponsored by GENESIS and the Pool & Sizzling Tub Alliance (PHTA).

In response to successful the 2021 Excellent PoolGal award, Melo says: “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to have been chosen to obtain the Pleatco Excellent PoolGal 2021 Award. I by no means would have thought I might be chosen for one thing so honourable. I’m so humbled and shocked to have my work acknowledged on this approach by so many within the pool trade.

“Many hours went into constructing my enterprise and studying as a lot as I’ve, and it means a lot to me that the work I’m so keen about additionally resonates with others.”

Melo says she didn’t get to the place she is at this level in her profession with out assist.

“I want to thank, Erik Knight with Orenda, my mother and father for his or her continuous assist, my youngsters for his or her love and final, however not least, all of my loyal clients whom I completely wouldn’t be right here with out. I hope this recognition of my work can function an inspiration to others within the discipline.”

Baker was a runner up within the 2020 competitors. He says he put in a large amount of effort into ensuring his nomination wound up on the high of the rankings this 12 months.

In successful this 12 months’s Excellent PoolGuy Award Baker says: “Just a little greater than 15 years in the past I used to be cleansing greater than 100 swimming pools per week. I knew it was time to make a change, so I employed my first full-time pool technician. Since that day, it’s been a heck of a journey. Studying new sides of the trade, attempting to higher my group, and be one of the best boss I could be to my staff.

“I nonetheless study one thing new day-after-day. The Pleatco Excellent PoolGuy 2021 Award is actually an honour. The award displays all of the onerous work by the complete Ambiance Workforce. I might not be on this place with out them and the assist of my household.”

Because of the variety of worthy entrants, Pleatco as soon as once more expanded this 12 months’s contest by creating extra awards.

“Throughout our remaining interviews, we had been impressed by the calibre and variety of so many people that we felt it was correct to acknowledge the excellent achievements of a number of different entrants,” says Pleatco’s president, Seth Soltow. “In that spirit, we chosen contestants for particular awards based mostly on their contribution to their neighborhood and the pool and spa trade.”

The recipients of those awards embrace:

  • Helmut Heckersbruch, Seychelles Pool & Spa (Canada) Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Dana Herens, Nautix Lifeguards and Upkeep (Georgia) Younger Achiever Award
  • Luis Cervantes, Goodall Swimming pools & Spas (Pennsylvania) Buyer Service Award
  • Devin Miller, Poolwerx (Arizona) Rising Star Award

“The service trade is extraordinarily vital with regards to serving to house owners absolutely get pleasure from and recognize their swimming pools,” says GENESIS Ambassador and co-founder Brian Van Bower. “We’re proud to assist honour our hard-working service professionals by way of the Pleatco contest!”

This 12 months’s main winners will every be awarded a GENESIS course (C201: Concrete Swimming pools or C260: Vinyl Liner/Fibreglass Swimming pools.

“On behalf of Pleatco, GENESIS, and Pool & Sizzling Tub Alliance, we’d prefer to thank everybody who entered, nominated, and voted in our 14th annual Pleatco Excellent PoolGuy/Gal Contest,” says Pleatco’s chief advertising and marketing officer, Battista Remati. “We’ve been actually overwhelmed by the sheer high quality of the nominations and the hundreds of votes solid. The entries had been compelling and heartfelt throughout the board.”

The official awards ceremony will likely be held on Wednesday, November 17 at 1 p.m. within the Pleatco sales space at The Worldwide Pool | Spa | Patio Expo 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

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